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Flipping a 100 Year Old Desk

For a few months my sewing and jewellery studio has been in shambles as I wanted to repurpose the hutch I had refinished into two separate pieces. The base was far better suited for me as a computer desk now located downstairs in my bedroom. The top half of the hutch stores my bead containers so I needed a surface for that to sit on. Its rather large but I managed to find a simple base table for it.

Then came the issue of needing a table or desk for my sewing machine and newly added serger (a gift from my mother’s friend Margaret). I had been distracted with other things for a few months and would pass by the room, look at all the bags of things on the floor and immediately walk back out.

One day it came up in conversation that I was still waiting for the right piece of furniture for the space that wasn’t too big that could work for a sewing desk. My dad mentioned a piece of furniture that was pulled out of an old Masonic Lodge building that had closed that he was using out in the barn for woodworking materials.

We went out to look at it and I thought, hmm that could work! Naturally he said I could change it any way that I wanted, you had to know that would be my first question. The surface was very scratched and rough from 100 years of use in the main foyer of the lodge. I’m always attracted to the unique shape of older furniture so I could see definite potential!

I grabbed the only can of white paint left in the house and began to work away at it. The tricky part about painting a dark stained piece of furniture stark white is that it bleeds through. About three coats were done, to be honest a fourth couldn’t hurt. The drawer is still a mystery to me as in two places it is leaking through the white bright blue.

Its honestly the strangest thing no matter how many layers of white paint it still leaking through blue! Oh well, adds character right?


Mix ‘n Match, Street Meets Office!

With every single post lately being about Valentine’s Day, romance and mush gush that all us single gals dread this time of year – I have been springing for looks that are more “anti” rather than lovey-dovey. Check out today’s mix’n match look featuring a blend of casual street fashion with a hint of office formal. Its very different to any looks I’ve done in the past but I really wanted to pair this black and white lace print skirt by Seventy with something but its just too cold to go without sleeves!




Wearing skirts with my Fly London booties gives a less formal look to any outfit, I like to think a more “edgy” style. Yesterday we were dumped on with nearly a foot of snow as much as our shoppers thought we were into “spring”… haha February is hardly spring in Ontario! I am not someone that has a winter wardrobe exclusively or a summer wardrobe exclusively I like to mix and match and blend the seasons together. Lately my outfits have been darker so that I can wear a few of the statement jewellery pieces I have that only work with dark palettes.

Consignment Flips

To follow up all the goodies I found on my Value Village half price day in Ottawa that I show in this video I wanted to show you the reality of flipping second hand goods. Its a gamble… like I’ve said a million times. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.

Rieker Shoes:
Retails for $145 – I paid $5 – Consigned for $40
I received $24 for a total of $19 profit.

Grey furry dress by Orange:
Retails for $120 – I paid $7.50 – Consigned for $40
I received $24 for a total of $16.50 profit.

Black & White Cardigan by TopShop:
Retails for $65 – I paid $6.50 – Consigned for $30
I received $18 for a total of $11.50 profit.

Magenta Cardigan by 89th & Madison:
Retails for $60 – I paid $4 – Consigned for $25
I received $15 for a total of $11 profit.
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Fun Business Looks

I’m not traditional, by any stretch of imagination. Every day I push the boundaries of fashion in my little world exploring new fabrics, layering and accessorizing. I don’t see professional as being limited to black and grey as most people come to believe. They instantly grab the black suit, white collared shirt, pumps and tiny stud earrings. Blah.

Years ago I learned that in interviews to be memorable, sometimes your presentation has to be exciting moreso than whats on the paper in front of them. I went to an interview for a small community township office reception job, at the time I had dark brown hair with pink underneath and I styled it in such a way that it looked more professional (along with the outfit of course!) and not as loud. When I was hired and arrived for my first day of work I had re-dyed my hair to be more professional and the CEO walked in and said “where did the pink go?!”

Little did I know the staff in the meeting remembered me and referred to me as the girl with pink hair… It stood out rather than “the brunette in the black suit” … hmm not so memorable. From then on I was dressing professional but in my thrifty fun way and they loved it. That office was excited to see what I wore each day. Every day is new and exciting so its more fun to dress as such!


I’ve been asked a few times about a business look for an interview or new job and to be honest my style isn’t that much different when I’m working in a “professional” environment. I’m still colourful and fun, I just add more on the accessory side and more formal footwear. I’ve put together a few of my favourite business looks I’ve worn to the studio in the last two years so you can see the array of styles that are totally office appropriate – unless your office wants a boring black suit of course!

Because of my curves I like to have bright print skirts paired with a matching blouse (usually sleeveless so my arms fit in the blazer sleeves!) and a basic solid colour blazer. Unless I’m wearing a substantial pashmina, necklaces are a must they just add that finishing touch. I’m told pointed toes are on the way out, haha, not in my world! I think a pointed toe is extremely classy and make any outfit look polished. Fitted black jeggings paired with a pointed toe heel or flat is everything. The easiest way to look office ready without trying too hard.

 

Mixing Fabrics

Today I’m trying a whole new look with some newly thrifted pieces. As you know not a fan of leggings but these I would wear more like pants because they’re super cool! I’ve always wanted pleather pants to give outfits that extra oomph! Last week this Lululemon wrap scarf-poncho was consigned at the store and it was so unique I had to have it and give styling it a whirl!

I look through the leggings at Value Village occasionally when I go but usually they are super tiny, really worn or very bright patterns. I often don’t have luck when I go thrifting specifically for an item, conveniently I was looking for a swimsuit (and found one!) and also spotted these bad boys. From Dynamite, a really nice sturdy fabric that as my employee observed, blend almost seamlessly into my boots!

Its kind of a cool look, simple and easy to style.

 

My Scarf Obsession




Its no surprise that I love scarves! Scarves of all shapes and sizes! No that’s not true I like long scarves, infinity, pashmina, knits… Although I love the flight attendant look of a small silk scarf tied at the neck, I have yet to try that style out. Long flowing pashminas in an array of colours and prints are my favourite accessory.

I sometimes thrift scarves that I only wear once or twice, because of the colour or the print. Something about them is just too difficult to blend into my wardrobe and I am past saving items for the perfect match. Sometimes that “match” never comes! Such a thing happened recently when I arrived at work and realized I hated my outfit to the point of being really uncomfortable. The scarf I just picked up the week before full of lush pinks and tans was lovely but it just doesn’t go with anything I own… and that’s okay! I don’t need a hundred scarves!




I’ve been asked recently to do a video of styling scarves, I haven’t made it yet but I was noticing a few different ways I wear them in my OOTD’s on Instagram so I thought I would share a few of my favourites recently. Scarves are an easy fun accessory that can be worn alone or with a necklace underneath. Depending on the top or the look I want to achieve, they can be wrapped, tied or hang long.

Year End Consignment Update

Thrift Spending:

December 1st – $0
December 7th – $0
December 14th – $43
December 21st – $0
December 28th – $11

Total purchases: $54

Total income: $770

Number of items consigned: 34

Consignment Income $770 – Spending $54 = Month End Balance $716

A Year In Review

In 2016 I consigned 1044 items (say what!) and made $9244 return, but I spent $719 on goodies throughout the year. My best sales month was June with $1136 return and my worst month was February with only a $324 return. Holy moly! Every month I get increasingly better with my consignment choices but as you know most of it is just pure luck. You never know if Cinderella will walk into the store and find your items or not.

I feel like I am becoming more and more aware of my style and budget, really deciding if I want the item before I buy. I used to be more free spirited about it and think “Oh I’ll just consign it if I don’t like it”… but then you’ll discover a stain or a rip and you can’t consign it. Its a challenge with every haul there are going to be sacrifices as you can’t always closely examine every square inch of everything you buy.

All in all it was a very successful year for the challenge, I only blew my goal once or twice, ultimately coming under my goal (often by a long shot). In looking at the numbers every month it gives a better idea of the “best case scenario” of using consignment for your unwanted clothing and a little extra money. It also shows you that you can’t be upset with not making a lot on each item, many of the items I sold I got under $5 for. At the store we always say quantity is everything – because it is. You can’t expect a huge dollar value if you have only a handful of items for sale. If you have a lot to get rid of you’ll see a higher number. But then again, its all relative.